Cardiff City 3-0 Barnsley: Bluebirds cruise to first home win


Junior Hoilett celebrates his first goal of the season
Junior Hoilett celebrates his first goal of the season

Cardiff City cruised to a first home victory of the season as Barnsley were beaten for the first time under Valerien Ismael.

The Bluebirds were rarely troubled after Junior Hoilett’s close-range finish put them ahead early on.

Joe Ralls doubled Cardiff’s lead from the penalty spot before Harry Wilson, who had won the spot-kick, drilled home a classy third goal.

Neil Harris’ team had taken only two points from four home games before brushing Barnsley aside to climb to 11th in the table.

Defeat was a first setback for new Tykes boss Ismael, who had taken six points from his first two games in charge, but now sees his side drop to 17th.

Cardiff had come into the contest under pressure to deliver a result having failed to win in their last four matches, but any tension was eased by the fourth-minute opener.

When Michael Helik could not clear Joe Bennett’s left-wing cross, Hoilett turned in the penalty area and stroked the ball into the far corner of the net for his first goal of the season.

Robert Glatzel flicked a header wide and saw a volley saved before Kieffer Moore missed a big chance to score against his former club, heading straight at Barnsley goalkeeper Jack Walton from point-blank range.

The visitors were creaking and, though Conor Chaplin and Patrick Schmidt were foiled by Alex Smithies late in the first half, it was no shock when Cardiff doubled their lead.

On-loan Liverpool winger Wilson was instrumental, exchanging passes with Moore before tumbling under Helik’s sliding challenge.

Joe Ralls scored his third goal in two games
Joe Ralls scored his third goal in two games

After referee Dean Whitestone eventually pointed to the spot, Ralls sent Walton the wrong way to claim his third goal in two games.

The second half was short on clear-cut chances, with Barnsley never threatening a comeback as their five-game unbeaten run in the Championship came to an end.

Harris had criticised his players after their weekend defeat at Queens Park Rangers, but he had no complaints here as Wilson, who was back in the side after injury, scored for the second time in four Cardiff appearances to put the result beyond doubt.

Fed by Ralls just outside the penalty area, the Wales international drove the ball beyond Walton and into the net from 20 yards.

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 12Smithies
  • 7Bacuna
  • 4Morrison
  • 16Nelson
  • 3Bennett
  • 23H WilsonSubstituted forWhyteat 79′minutes
  • 21Pack
  • 8RallsSubstituted forVaulksat 85′minutes
  • 33Hoilett
  • 10Moore
  • 9GlatzelSubstituted forOjoat 67′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Phillips
  • 6Vaulks
  • 11Murphy
  • 20Whyte
  • 22Bamba
  • 27Ojo
  • 32Bagan

Barnsley

  • 1Walton
  • 26Sollbauer
  • 30Helik
  • 6Andersen
  • 28Frieser
  • 27Mowatt
  • 32JamesBooked at 39minsSubstituted forHalmeat 80′minutes
  • 4Styles
  • 11Chaplin
  • 23Simoes InacioSubstituted forOduorat 40′minutes
  • 19SchmidtSubstituted forAdeboyejoat 63′minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Kane
  • 16Thomas
  • 22Oduor
  • 24Halme
  • 25Miller
  • 29Adeboyejo
  • 40Collins

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